In April 2018 I received radiation to a melanoma tumor under my left jaw. I have received Opdivo immunotherapy since April 2016 ( at first with Yervoy ). I had a PET scan yesterday, then I met with my radiation oncologist Dr Blanchard. He showed me images of that tumor from my April 2018, September 2018, December 2018 and yesterday’s PET scans. That location showed brighter in my September PET scan. It was about as bright in my December PET scan as in the April one. It could have been brighter in September due to healing from radiation. Yesterday’s PET scan showed that location significantly less bright. All 4 PET scans showed no other active area. Dr Blanchard is no longer worried about me. He thinks this met will not grow. He leaves followup to my primary oncologist Dr Gaba.
In September 2015 I received radiation to melanoma in a rib. I began receiving immunotherapy in November 2015. This radiation and immunotherapy failed. I had melanoma in many bones in March 2016.
I my case radiation followed by immunotherapy failed, but radiation with immunotherapy seems to have succeeded.